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Wisdom in Israel

K. J. Dell

in Text in Context: Essays by Members of the Society for Old Testament Study

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263913
eISBN:
9780191601187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263910.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This is the third of six chapters on the Old Testament and its authors. Its subject is wisdom in Israel, and this involves the three wisdom texts of the Bible: Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes, which ... More


Conclusions

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that Israelite literature might make ... More


Life's Real Questions: Wisdom Literature In the Bible

Steven L. McKenzie

in How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature—Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, and What It Means for Faith Today

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195161496
eISBN:
9780199850419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161496.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Wisdom literature does not claim to be revelation from God—at least not in the same way as the other biblical genres we are exploring—nor does it describe God's revelation in history. Hence, Israel's ... More


Mesopotamia and Israel

John Casey

in After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195092950
eISBN:
9780199869732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter discusses the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Job. The former, which should be considered as a tragic drama and at the same time an example of wisdom literature, can be seen as an ... More


Joseph

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

Since the publication of an article on Joseph by Gerhard von Rad in 1953, the Joseph Narrative in Genesis 37–50 has been regarded by many scholars as a ... More


Hávamál

Carolyne Larrington

in A Store of Common Sense: Gnomic Theme and Wisdom in Old Icelandic and Old English Wisdom Poetry

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119821
eISBN:
9780191671210
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119821.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the wisdom and gnomic theme of the Old Norse poem Havamal. It suggests that the penetrating nature of the insights of this poem is unparalleled in Germanic wisdom literature. ... More


Using the Non-Israelite Sources

Weeks Stuart

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter discusses how non-Israelite sources can be used to further the understanding of Proverbs. Although there is no straightforward answer to ... More


Was Early Wisdom Secular?

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

Discussion about early wisdom in Israel has been influenced for some years by the claim that it was a fundamentally secular tradition, in which theology ... More


Wisdom and the ‘Others’

Gerald O'Collins, SJ

in Salvation for All: God's Other Peoples

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199238903
eISBN:
9780191696794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238903.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter provides information on the wisdom literature of the Old Testament (OT) by focusing on several biblical persons including Job, Ben Sira, and Solomon. Wisdom literature reflects a general ... More


The Wise in the Old Testament

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter examines the references to ‘wise men’ and asks whether they are indeed references to a single class. If so, is this class associated with ... More


Introduction

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of wisdom literature, parts of which are preserved in the book of Proverbs. It considers the theory ... More


Proverbs and the Court

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter examines the issues that directly affect our understanding of the origins and nature of wisdom literature in Israel, looking at evidence ... More


The Didactic Voice: The Foundations of an Imperial Education

Florin Leonte

in Imperial Visions of Late Byzantium: Manuel II Palaiologos and Rhetoric in Purple

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474441032
eISBN:
9781474480666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441032.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter analyses how the emperor fashioned his didactic voice and how it functioned in a typical text of advice. It argues that the Foundations combines the tradition of political advice ... More


Schools in Israel

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

The very existence of written documents indicates that some sort of education must have been available in Israel. Pointing to the systems of other, larger ... More


Wisdom and the Reign of Solomon

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter addresses the following questions: how historically reliable are the biblical traditions about Solomon's reign, and what can be deduced from ... More


Positive Psychology and Ancient Israelite Wisdom

Carol A. Newsom

in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199795734
eISBN:
9780199979691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter considers Israelite Wisdom literature via the lens of Positive Psychology. She finds the book of Proverbs to present a eudaimonic vision of happiness, in no small part because the book ... More


Context in the Sayings Collections

Stuart Weeks

in Early Israelite Wisdom

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270072
eISBN:
9780191683879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270072.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

When studying the nature of the major sections in Proverbs, it is the ‘sentence literature’ — of which the largest collections are found in chapters ... More


Wisdom and Folly

Larry L. Rasmussen

in Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199917006
eISBN:
9780199980314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Wisdom traditions are pan-religious and pan-human. In these traditions creation as teacher is assumed; measured human responsibility follows. Wisdom comes in various genre from every culture known to ... More


The Roots of Solomonic ‘Wisdom’ in the Pre-exilic Period (Focusing on Proverbs)

Katharine J. Dell

in The Solomonic Corpus of 'Wisdom' and Its Influence

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198861560
eISBN:
9780191893551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198861560.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The concern of this chapter is to explore the possibility of a vibrant and living wisdom tradition in the pre-exilic period. Whilst this used to be a ‘given’ of scholarship, the tendency towards ... More


Equipment for Living

Christopher Cannon

in From Literacy to Literature: England, 1300–1400

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198779438
eISBN:
9780191824562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779438.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, World Literature

The basic reading texts are usually thought to provide ethical training and they do generally consist of proverbs or narratives pointed by morals. But this ethical knowledge often states the ... More


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